Continued from Southern Bali: Part One
Driven around by Tasman and Weda (our Bali Barong guide and driver), we immediately noticed that Bali, which practices its own unique blend of Hinduism and Buddhism, has a lot of temples.
Thousands, in fact. Every small village has a community temple, and each individual village family has their own temple.
Then there are larger temples that honor a particular Hindu saint or sacred animal — feral tabby cats at Kerangasem, silvery macaque monkeys at Alas Kedaton, or the two types of Balinese bats, very small (at Goa Lawah) and absolutely enormous.
Offerings of palm leaves, flowers, and sometimes fruit are prepared and delivered daily to temples of all kinds to be blessed, and then these offerings are placed everywhere people are — houses, beaches, even cars. [Read more...]